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Self-ligating braces

Self-ligating braces

Self-ligating fixed braces for your teeth, to help straighten your smile.

What are self-ligating braces?

Self-ligating braces are a form of fixed brace. However, unlike other fixed braces, self-ligating braces don't require bands or metal ties attached to the brackets to help move the teeth. Instead, the wire itself is built into the appliance.

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How long do you have to wear self-ligating braces for?

The length of treatment with fixed braces varies but is typically around 18 to 24 months.

Unlike clear aligners, fixed braces are attached to your teeth for the whole of your treatment. You should not try to remove them yourself, as you could damage your teeth and your treatment progress.

Like other forms of fixed braces, self-ligating braces still require periodic adjustments. During these adjustments, your clinician will evaluate your progress and may also adjust your appliance. These adjustments modify the pressure placed on your teeth, helping them to gradually align.

What are the benefits of self-ligating braces for teeth?

Fixed braces are a popular treatment, this is because they offer predictable results. They are also capable of treating a range of severities, including extensive overcrowding, abnormal eruption of teeth and a very deep overbite.

Self-ligating braces FAQs

What happens at my first orthodontic appointment?

To begin with, your orthodontist will examine your mouth to assess your teeth and gums; in some cases, they will also perform a scan, or take dental impressions, of your teeth to determine their position and condition. Your clinician will then discuss their findings with you and agree on how to proceed with your treatment.

How many appointments will I need for teeth straightening with braces?

The number of appointments you will need for teeth straightening will depend on the condition of your teeth and your chosen treatment. All patients can expect an appointment to determine their suitability for treatment, a fitting appointment and regular progress reviews once their treatment journey has started. You may require more visits to the clinic in more complex cases.

Do I need to see a dentist during orthodontic treatment?

Your teeth are at greater risk to conditions such as tooth decay and gum disease during orthodontic treatment, and it is essential to maintain regular contact with your dentist. Your regular dentist will help you look after the health of your mouth, gums and teeth and the clinician handling your orthodontic treatment will ensure you are on track to your perfect smile.

What happens before my self-ligating brace is fitted?

Healthy teeth and gums are the most important part of a great smile, so before your orthodontic treatment begins, you'll have an assessment with your dentist, just to check your oral health is in top condition. If they have any concerns, they'll arrange a treatment plan for you to improve your oral health before your fixed brace is fitted.

How much does treatment with self-ligating braces cost?

In the case of adults, straightening solutions, like fixed braces are considered a cosmetic procedure and are not offered through the NHS. Children sometimes have the opportunity to access publicly funded orthodontic treatment, though this is offered on a case-by-case basis depending on the condition of the teeth.

At mydentist, we believe everyone should have access to the dental care they need, even if it is for cosmetic purposes. That's why we offer a range of competitive prices and finance options to make sure as many people as possible can experience the benefits of an aligner or brace.

Is orthodontic treatment safe?

Orthodontic treatment is safe, especially when planned and performed by one of our clinicians. With certain types of braces, it can be difficult to brush the teeth using normal brushing methods, so you may need to take extra care when caring for your teeth – especially during treatment when additional brushing is essential.


It's natural for your teeth to move after tooth straightening treatment, so we offer a diverse selection of retainers to maintain your smile.

* Whitecross Dental Care Limited (registered office: Europa House, Europa Trading Estate, Stoneclough Road, Kearsley, Manchester M26 1GG. Company No. 244415) is part of the mydentist group. Whitecross Dental Care Limited is a credit broker not a lender and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority with registration number: 674183. Credit is provided by Secure Trust Bank PLC trading as V12 Retail Finance with whom we have a commercial relationship (and so we are unable to provide independent advice) and is subject to age and status. Minimum spend applies. Not all products offered by Secure Trust Bank PLC are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.